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Definition of 'hale'


  1. a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776)
       Synonyms: Nathan Hale
  2. United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
       Synonyms: George Ellery Hale
  3. prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
       Synonyms: Edward Everett Hale


  1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
       Synonyms: coerce squeeze pressure force
  2. draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets"
       Synonyms: haul cart drag


  1. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"
       Synonyms: whole

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